Thursday morning, Mayor Kenney stood at a podium in City Hall and described how thrilled he still is about the Eagles Super Bowl win. The shared memory set the theme for his annual budget address. Kenney's plan for FY19 included increased investments in the Philly School District (with that 6 percent property tax helping pay for them), more money for the Police and Fire departments, funds to battle the opioid crisis, to pave the streets and lots more. Here's our quick and easy recap of everything the mayor proposed.
The wide disparity in household income across different Philly neighborhoods has been well documented, but a new set of interactive maps from Esri show it in stark relief. Using Census data, the mapping software company illustrated the disparity in median take-home for households across the city, and also showed how much worse pockets of inequality here are as compared to the national average — and several other U.S. cities. Find our overview of what the Philly maps mean here.
In an effort to limit overdose deaths, both Philly and San Francisco officially endorsed safe-injection sites this year. In Philly, the idea for a CUES generated a ton of controversy, everywhere from churches to community meetings and between local politicians and recovery advocates. In San Francisco, there’s less confusion about the idea — public opinion polling shows a majority of residents support the proposed sites.
Chris Painter, chef and partner at much-lauded Fishtown restaurant and boutique hotel Wm. Mulherin's Sons, has been suspended due to sexual harassment allegations. GM Michael Jreidini and two other staffers were reportedly also suspended, thanks to a Philly Mag report based on interviews with four former Mulherin's employees. The former staffers describe a culture that was "like walking into an episode of Mad Men." Method Hospitality partners Randall Cook and David Grasso, who own the restaurant, told the magazine that if the allegations prove true, "heads will definitely roll."
Have ideas, complaints, suggestions or other thoughts about how the city helps residents deal with evictions? The Mayor's Task Force on Eviction Prevention and Response is hosting a public comment session, and everyone is invited to participate. If you're interested in giving a planned speech, contact EvictionTaskForce@phila.gov to sign up in advance.
Where: Eviction Task Force at 801 Market St., 11th Fl., 19107
When: March 5, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
How much: Free